Ryan Lessard

Correspondent

Before becoming a reporter for NHPR, Ryan devoted many months interning with The Exchange team, helping to produce their daily talk show.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Manchester with a major in Politics and Society and a minor in Communication Arts. While in school, he also interned for a DC-based think tank. His interests include science fiction and international relations. Ryan is a life-long Manchester resident.

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NH News
2:57 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Widow Of Late N.H. Guardsman And Gay Rights Activist Reacts To DOMA Decision

Charlie Morgan (left) and wife Karen Morgan (right).

The widow of gay-rights activist and New Hampshire Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan says she’s pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.

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NH News
5:31 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Strafford County Superior Court Rules Against Education Tax Credit Provision

The Strafford County Superior Court ruled Monday that part of the education tax credit law passed last year is unconstitutional.  The court concluded that the privately raised scholarships amount to public funds.


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NH News
6:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

N.H. Fishermen Double Down On New Generation of Pingers To Save Migratory Porpoise

Gillnetter attaches a pinger to his nets.
Credit Future Oceans

Gillnet fishermen in New Hampshire will be using new electronic devices to prevent trapping harbor porpoise in their nets. Last year, the fishermen were penalized for problems with the devices known as pingers.  And this year’s purchase marks the largest mammal catch prevention initiative of its kind.


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NH News
5:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

What The Hake? N.H.’s New C.S.F. Seeks To Sell Obscure, Plentiful And Equally Edible Fish

Nets rarely catch just one kind of fish.
Credit Sarah VanHorn, Manager of NH Community Seafood / N.H. Sea Grant

  When we talk about local food in New Hampshire, most of us think of fruits and vegetables. But with our 18 miles of coastline, seafood has the potential to be a local food as well. This year’s big cuts to catch limits for fish like cod and haddock herald a rough year for New Hampshire ground fishermen. So they’re finding new ways to connect with local consumers to help them stay afloat. And their approach may be the first of its kind.


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NH News
2:47 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

House Votes To Negotiate With Senate To Reconcile Medical Marijuana Bills

Marijuana

House and Senate negotiators will work to reach agreement on a bill to make New Hampshire the 19th state to permit medical marijuana. A “home grow” option opposed by Governor Hassan is a major point of contention.


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NH News
6:45 am
Mon June 3, 2013

N.H.'s Own Lobster Beer

The Redhook Lobstah Lager table was the centerpiece to the May 26 Kickoff event.
Credit Rebecca Zeiber / N.H. Sea Grant

We don’t often hear about seafood in our beer but it’s actually not new. Oyster stout was the traditional seafood beer in the 18th century when regular stouts were accompanied by oysters in local taverns and pubs. Later, oysters were incorporated into the brewing process which was first documented in the 1930s. That’s what we call “oyster stout” today. It fell out of fashion for a few decades but as craft beers become increasingly popular in New England, several brands are coming out with their own take. Harpoon did an oyster stout a few years ago and, last year, Dogfish Head made a very bitter chocolate lobster beer.


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NH News
4:17 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

UNH President Opens Logo Deliberations To Public Amid Uproar

This is the first of three design options for the new University of New Hampsire logo.
University of New Hampshire

UNH President Mark Huddleston announced Friday that he will seek public input for a new UNH logo. The move comes amid criticism over spending nearly $100,000 to create the three proposed logos.


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NH News
3:20 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

State Senate OKs Medical Marijuana Bill

NH Senate in session
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The New Hampshire Senate passed a medical marijuana bill 18-6 Thursday after changing a few key elements that were in the original House bill.


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NH News
5:35 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Why N.H.'s Medical Marijuana Bill Doesn't Provide For P.T.S.D. Patients

TheNewsHerald flickr

Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate will vote on a bill to approve the use of medical marijuana. The House already passed a version, but the Senate will vote on a bill that is different in a few key ways: it doesn’t include a “home-grow” provision or post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition.


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NH News
5:32 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Superior Court Judge Puts Hold On Homeless Evictions From State Lands Until Next Hearing

The three homeless plaintiffs
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Merrimack County Superior Court judge has put a hold on all evictions from Concord homeless camps on state lands. The ruling came during preliminary hearing Monday for the suit filed by three homeless Concord men.

The hold on evictions will run for at least 10 days and up to the next court hearing. About 150 homeless people were removed from camps around Concord earlier this month.  


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NH News
5:36 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Homeless And Advocates Protest Recent Evictions

Donald Labroad, homeless since 2004, used to make more than $50k with his construction job.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Faith leaders, activists and homeless people held a rally Tuesday afternoon asking Governor Maggie Hassan to stop the state from evicting people from camping on public land.


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NH News
5:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Senate Committee Hears From The Public About The Budget

Senate Finance Cmte. hearing public testimony about the budget.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

New Hampshire’s Senate Finance Committee held its public hearing on the budget Thursday night. This follows statements by its chairman implying that the Senate’s budget will be leaner than the $11 billion budget passed by the House.


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NH News
3:54 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Manchester Funds School Upgrades As It Fights Hooksett Exodus

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved two bonds totaling $5.8 million dollars to fund technology, security and energy efficiency upgrades in the schools. This comes as the district tries to keep Hooksett students from withdrawing.


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Word of Mouth
10:59 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Beekeeping In New Hampshire

Ryan Lessard

Hundreds of first-time beekeepers across the state are anxiously awaiting their first shipment of honey bees this week. NHPR’s Ryan Lessard reports on the growing popularity of the hobby and what it could mean for the pollinating insects’ struggle for survival.

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NH News
4:00 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

N.H. Bee Schools Are Big And Getting Bigger

Merrimack Valley Bee School
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Hundreds of first-time beekeepers across the state are waiting anxiously for their first shipment of honey bees this week. The hobby is growing in popularity and it could have both good and bad impacts on the pollinating insects’ struggle for survival.

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